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How Parents Can Help
As your son or daughter progresses in the Herricks Instrumental Music Program, there are a number of ways in which you, as parents can assist in his/her success. These tactics are especially helpful after the novelty of a new instrument has worn off.
- Show an interest in the music study of your child, encourage him/her through the technical frustrations, praise your child's efforts and achievements
- Arrange a regular time for daily practice and help him/her to maintain it
- Provide a quiet place in which to practice
- Provide a folding music stand for the practice area
- Help your child with practice as much as possible
- Help your child keep a daily record of practice
- Provide a safe place in which to keep your child's instrument.
- Keep the instrument in good repair, with extra strings, reeds, etc.
- Help your child to be punctual for rehearsals and lessons
- Make faithful attendance at all activities important
- Encourage your child to perform for others when the opportunities arise
- Play recordings of master artists of your child's instrument
- Take your child to live concerts of musical quality as often as possible (there are many wonderful local concerts, and New York is only 20 miles away)
- Encourage your child to hear concerts, radio broadcasts, or television shows of musical quality whenever possible
- See that your child takes his/her instrument and music on the day of lessons and rehearsals
- Discuss with the music teacher anything which will help the teacher better understand your child